Month: August 2007

Abu Dhabi Govt’s Agenda for 2007 – 2008 – (People – the real wealth of country)

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Khalifa: People the real wealth of country
By Ahmed A. Elewa, Staff Reporter / GULF NEWS
Published: August 02, 2007, 00:33

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday said the vision of Abu Dhabi is to continue to create a confident, secure society and to build a sustainable, open and globally competitive economy.

The government of Abu Dhabi yesterday launched a new policy agenda for the future development of the emirate in general and the government in particular in the presence of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Sup-reme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Shaikh Khalifa said in a statement: “The Federation of the United Arab Emirates has relied, and will continue to rely, on the rich and diverse contributions of its true wealth, its people, to guarantee prosperity. In order to fulfill its important role in that success, the emirate of Abu Dhabi will continue to work towards its own comprehensive, multifaceted vision.

“That vision is to continue to create a confident, secure society and to build a sustainable, open and globally competitive economy.

“To ensure the realisation of that vision, our government has prepared a policy agenda that reflects the vast array of integrated initiatives that are currently being implemented and that will be implemented in the future, to achieve sustainable development.”

The new agenda specifies in detail, the objectives and projects for the different government departments for 2007 and 2008.

“We have been for some time discussing with all government departments to materialise this agenda which represents a vision or a plan for the coming period and the role of the different departments in this plan,” Shaikh Mohammad told reporters yesterday.

“For the people of Abu Dhabi, the publication of a comprehensive policy agenda will provide unprecedented understanding of the priorities and plans of the government.

“For the private sector, the initiatives outlined in this agenda represent huge opportunities to operate in new sectors that were previously the traditional realm of the government.

“For citizens and residents, the policy agenda signals a new era in accountability, transparency and government performance,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

“The creation of a clear and publicly available government policy agenda will also further strengthen Abu Dhabi’s ability to attract inward investment,” he added.

General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council announced the Policy Agenda for Abu Dhabi.

Quarterly review

“What we avoided in setting this plan are typical third world practices of setting plans and ending up in wasted effort and money, in short this agenda focuses on providing teamwork according to a unified vision and a set timeframe,” Shaikh Mohammad said.

The agenda also strengthens the concept of accountability, as all targets will be reviewed quarterly.

“For a long time now, it has been typical that government officials and executives are always reluctant to speak to the press, or avoid commenting on anything.

“This has changed from now on, as the principle of accountability entails that the government opens up to the media, which will provide a barometer for progress,” Mohammad Ahmad Al Bowardi, Secretary-General of the Executive Council, said.

The transparency and teamwork, in addition to the set targets all come within the framework of enhancing the government performance up to the best international practices.

“We are setting the best practices of the best five governments worldwide as our benchmark, as we intend within five years to be among the top five as well,” he said.

The plan stipulates the outsourcing of all non-core government activities to the private sector.

“The government will shift completely to its planning and core activities, while the private sector will step up further in sectors like handling solid waste, management of parks which is already happening,” explained Khaldoun Al Mubarak, member of the Executive Council.

The 83 page agenda consists of 18 independent policy statements providing detailed analysis of the government’s plans in areas as diverse as: planning and economy, energy, tourism, health, education, labour, civil services, culture and heritage, food control, urban planning, transport, environment, health and safety, municipal affairs, police and emergency services, electronic government, women, and legislative reform.

The Policy Agenda 2007-2008: The Emirate of Abu Dhabi, is the first comprehensive policy agenda of its kind to be published in the region. It sets clear priorities and articulates detailed plans for each portfolio of government in Abu Dhabi.

The policy agenda is the result of 12 months of intensive work involving all government departments, and is characterised by a deliberate focus on facilitating coordination and collaboration between the entities of government in Abu Dhabi.

The agenda outlines the numerous areas in which interdepartmental coordination is required, and provides a whole-of-government snapshot of the Abu Dhabi public sector in action.

The policy agenda contains a statement of commitment to deliver on the emirate’s ambitious vision for the future, which was signed yesterday by each member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, demonstrating their commitment to accountability.

It is intended that the government’s policy agenda will be updated and published annually or as required. Policy Agenda 2007-08: The Emirate of Abu Dhabi will be distributed to all government departments and authorities immediately, and is universally available online for download in Arabic and English from the Abu Dhabi Government portal at

Abu Dhabi to launch specialised body

The government of Abu Dhabi plans to launch soon a specialised body to deal with and handle all the property and housing related issues to streamline the sector within the scope of a single authority, Khaldoun Al Mubarak, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, revealed yesterday.

“Housing has a top priority within the policy agenda, and within the coming few months a new body will be launched to manage this sector according to the best practices,” he said.

Updating plans

The principle of accountability set by the new policy agenda represents a first step towards incorporating the public in the government process according to Mohammad Ahmad Al Bawardi, Secretary General of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

“We will evaluate the progress periodically and update the plan according to new goals or targets set by any government entity in a transparent manner. Such transparency provides for accountability on various levels, between the executive council and the different departments, and through the media as well,” he said.

“This represents a step towards setting elections at the local level in our gradual approach to the subject matter, following the footsteps of the federal government, where partial elections are already in place,” he added.

‘Most school teachers are computer savvy’

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‘Most school teachers are computer savvy’
Staff Report / GULF NEWS Published: August 02, 2007, 00:33

Dubai: Ninety per cent of the public school teachers are proficient in computer usage while teaching, said an education official.

The School Agency, the first agency of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), confirmed that 90 per cent of teachers and administrative staff in Dubai’s public schools hold the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) and are capable of using IT technology while teaching.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum IT Education Project, the implementation body for the ICDL training, submitted ICDL training results to the School Agency validating the numbers. The results will bring teachers to the next step, that is, I-Teach certification from the Cambridge British University

The world of demolition

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UAE may be the only place you will see so much of demolition happening around each day. Especially in Abu Dhabi. Most of the buildings are not even 20 yrs old. Many such old buildings are demolished for constructing new high rise buildings. As a result, there is a shortage of residential appartments and villas. Whatever available can be grabbed only with a premium rent. Enjoy viewing some demolition scenes. When you look at them, you may feel as if you are in Lebanon. At office, I have some Lebanese colleagues and tell them that they do not miss their country’s present status as they see these demolition scenes every day on their way to and from office. Only difference – there, it is due to war, here it is due to the different or sub-standard quality sand used for constructing older buildings in the late 70s which government is trying to replace by new ones. A different look, from the distance, you may think that you are at one of the historical sites of Jordan.

By using controlled demolition

By using normal methods

Quotes on Success

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Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. – Thomas Jefferson

Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself. – Theodore T. Hunger

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen. – Frank Loyd Wright

A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
– Elbert Hubbard

There is only one success–to be able to spend your life in your own way.
– Christopher Morley

Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.
– Dennis Waitley

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will. – Vince Lombardi

I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure–which is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert Bayard Swope

Success does not consist in never making blunders, but in never making the same one a second time. – Josh Billings

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. – Earl of Beaconsfield

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration. – Evan Esar

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
– Jospeph Addison

Impatience never commanded success. – Edwin H. Chapin

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do, well.
– Henry W. Longfellow

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first. – Shakespeare

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. – Albert Einstein

And one quote just for fun…..

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it. – W.C. Fields

Contribution by Barkha Temle Member Cite HR

Beauty of Maths!

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Beauty of Maths!
1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn’t it?

And finally, take a look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321

Yes MATHS is really like that – Full of wonders.

You should also know the POWER OF 9.

Anything multiplied by 9 , it’s sum total is 9

Contribution from Barkha Temle Member CiteHR.

Aramco to invite bids for $10b Manifa oilfield

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Aramco to invite bids for $10b Manifa oilfield
Associated Press Published: July 31, 2007, 23:12

Dubai: Saudi oil company Aramco is expected to invite companies in August to help develop Manifa oilfield, with a potential production of 900,000 barrels of oil a day, sources familiar with the company’s plans said earlier this week.

Aramco, the world’s largest oil supplier, plans to invite prequalified companies to bid for an estimated $3 billion (two billion euros) worth of contracts on the company’s largest-ever offshore project.

The estimated $10-billion (seven billion euros) Manifa development programme aims to add 900,000 barrels a day of heavy crude, 120 million cubic feet a day of gas and 50,000 barrels a day of condensate to Aramco’s production by mid-2011.

Manifa’s heavy crude will be exported from Aramco’s Al Juaymah and Ras Tanura terminals in eastern Saudi Arabia. The gas and the condensate will be processed at the Khursaniyah gas plant.



The project also includes construction of four pipe-lines, a water supply system and oils and gas processing facilities.

The tender documents for the project were originally due to be released in June or July but have been delayed without explanation, sources familiar with the Aramco’s tender told Dow Jones Newswires.

Companies including Bechtel Group, Fluor Corp, JGC Corp and Technip SA in late May submitted prequalification documents to Saudi state-owned company. They are still waiting for final to bid, sources said.

In February, Aramco awarded an estimated $1 billion (700 million euros) contract to Belgium contractor Jan De Nul for the Manifa project’s offshore portion, covering dredging works in the Arabian Gulf.

Middle East oil producers are spending income generated from four years of high oil prices on expanding and upgrading their crude production capacity to meet rising global demand, particularly from fast-growing Asian economies.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s biggest oil exporter. The kingdom is working to raise current output of almost 11 million barrels a day to 12,5 million barrels a day by 2009.

Egg Prices to go up in UAE

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‘70% of Indian eggs purchased by hotels’
By Binsal Abdul Kader, Staff Reporter / Gulf News Published: July 31, 2007, 23:42

Abu Dhabi: There will be a shortage of eggs following the ban on the import of Indian poultry products.

The retail prices of eggs in the country may go up by 10 to 30 per cent soon following the ban on the import of Indian poultry products, said retail chains. Supermarkets disclosed that some egg suppliers have already given them notice to increase the price.

The UAE has imposed a temporary ban on the import of all kinds of birds and products from India after bird flu was detected there, WAM reported yesterday.

Dr Mohammad Saeed Al Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, said the ban covers “all domestic and wild birds, including ornamental birds and products.” The decision was taken as a precautionary measure following reports by the World Organisation for Animal Health on the emergence of bird flu cases in India.

‘It was all about the will to win’

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‘It was all about the will to win’
By Sayed Ali, Staff Reporter / GULF NEWS Published: July 31, 2007, 23:12

Dubai: The Iraqi skipper Younis Mahmoud who led his country to their first Asian Cup said it was the great will of the Iraqi players that helped them win the title.

“Despite the suffering of our people in Iraq and the poor preparation, we fought hard armed with strong determination and firm will in all matches which played a significant role in our great victory,” Younis told Gulf News at Movenpick Hotel yesterday after the Iraqi team arrived from Jakarta.

He said the Iraqi players do not have to think of good preparation.

“Our players were heros. They know the tragic and disastrous conditions of Iraq. The only thing we were thinking of was to bring joy for our people.



“And we put that in front of us as a target must be achieved at any cost. We succeeded in making the Iraqi people happy and united as they are and they will stay the same way.”

The Iraqi skipper expressed gratitude and appreciation to His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for honouring them even before they returned to Baghdad.

“This a great moment for us to be honoured by His Highness whom we know as a great sportsman. I take this opportunity to thank him and the UAE people for the great support they gave us until we achieved this excellent success,” said Younis.

The striker, who made the Iraqi people united, said no one was expecting them to reach the final.

“Most of the expectations were of other teams and some of them couldn’t reach the semifinals. But we as Iraqi players spared no effort in winning the title as a valuable gift for our people.”

Younis said after they beat Australia in Group A, they recaptured confidence following a 1-1 draw against hosts Thailand.

“We drew against Oman to top the group and beat Vietnam in the quarterfinals. In the semis we fought hard against South Korea. It was the most difficult match, because the Koreans are strong.

“Thank God, we won on penalties and reached the final. It was a great chance for us and it may not be repeated again. We didn’t let it slip from our grip and clinched our first Asian Cup.”

The 24-year-old Younis is playing as a professional for Al Garafa club in Qatar, said it’s a successful experience for him in the Qatari league.

“Not only me, all the Iraqi players gained experience by playing as professionals outside Iraq. For me, I have one more year with Al Garafa, but I am thinking of playing in Europe. If there is any offer for me, I think they will have to speak to the Al Garafa chairman.”

He said the players who drew his attention most in the Asian Cup were – UAE’s Ahmad Dada, Malek Maaz of Saudi Arabia, Takahara of Japan and Sebastian Soria of Qatar.

Younis does not like the practice of staging the Asian Cup in four countries.

“We suffered from fatigue by travelling from one airport to another. I think holding it in one country will make it a success. The 2011 Asian Cup to be held in Qatar will be a very successful one,” said Younis.